Tuesday 12 December 2017

Teenager found guilty of vicious attack on son of Sinn Fein councillor

Tom Tuite

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy has admitted to taking part in a vicious attack on the son of a Sinn Fein councillor.

The teenager pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court today to assault causing harm to 18-year-old Ruairi Devine who sustained facial bruising and a cut lip when he was set on by two people on the South Circular Road, in Dublin, January 26 last.

Mr Devine is a son of Dublin South West Sinn Fein councillor Maire Devine.

Judge Ann Ryan was told that it was alleged that the 16-year-old boy and another male attacked Mr Devine who was “repeatedly struck on the face”.

He was not known to his attackers, said Garda Kevin Lawless who had been on patrol at the time and witnessed the assault in progress.

The victim was kicked a couple of times and both attackers “were swinging punches at him,” the court heard.

Two independent witnesses also saw the incident, Gda Lawless also said.

Photos of Mr Devine's facial bruising were shown to the court; Judge Ryan heard that he did not go to hospital but was looked after by his mother who is a nurse.

Gda Lawless has also said that the man, who took part in the attack, has been jailed for nine months and both he and then 15-year-old boy had equal roles in the incident.

Counsel defending said the teenager claimed he struck the youth because he thought: “He was looking at me weird”. The boy has also accepted that he had no reason to attack the young man.

Judge Ryan sought a victim impact report and remanded the teenager on continuing bail. The boy will appear again in four weeks at the same court for sentencing.

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